Los Angeles at Oakland

Venue: O.co Coliseum
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The Los Angeles Angels were hoping to begin a run toward the top of the standings in Oakland, though one of the best pitchers in baseball halted that momentum.

They should stand a better chance to make up some ground against a pitcher they've hit hard.

The Angels look to bounce back with their fifth win in seven games in this series Saturday when they face Tommy Milone and the AL West-leading A's.

Red-hot Bartolo Colon tied for the major league lead with his 14th win, allowing two runs over six innings in Oakland's 6-4 victory over Los Angeles on Friday. Jed Lowrie broke out of a 4-for-36 slump with three hits, including a homer, to help the A's (60-43) win for the 21st time in 27 home games.

Now 11 games behind Oakland and tied for fourth place in the division, the Angels (48-53) will try to start chipping away at the deficit by continuing their recent success against Milone (8-8, 4.18 ERA).

Following the shortest start of his career - 2 2-3 innings - in a 5-0 loss at Pittsburgh on July 10, Milone responded by allowing two earned runs and five hits over six innings Monday as the A's rallied for a 4-3 win at Houston.

The left-hander, however, has gone 1-2 with a 7.80 ERA in his last three starts versus the Angels.

Los Angeles has hit five home runs off Milone in those meetings after Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick took him deep in a 5-4 victory in Oakland on May 1.

Kendrick (6 for 14), Josh Hamilton (6 for 14) and Erick Aybar (5 for 11) have done some damage against Milone, while Albert Pujols is 7 for 14 with six doubles.

Trumbo has gone 9 for 19 in his last five games overall, though Hamilton is 4 for 29 in his last seven. Kendrick should be back in the lineup after getting the day off Friday.

Another productive day at the plate versus Milone would certainly help Garrett Richards (2-4, 4.66).

The right-hander, who went 1-2 with a 5.54 ERA in four April starts, gets another shot in the rotation as he replaces 13-game loser Joe Blanton.

"I feel like this is an opportunity to go out and pitch and to show them what I can do," Richards told the team's official website. "Every opportunity I feel like is an audition for a job, whether that be in the starting rotation or in the bullpen or even on the team. I'm just going to go out and pitch."

Richards allowed a season-high seven runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-6 loss in Oakland on April 30. He's 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA in five appearances against the A's after holding them to one hit over two innings of relief in Sunday's 6-0 home loss.

Slugger Yoenis Cespedes has a double and triple in three at-bats against Richards this season, but he's just 3 for 21 in his last seven home games.

Catchers Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt are a combined 4 for 8 with two homers and four RBIs in their two starts while filling in for John Jaso (concussion).

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Probable Starters

Garrett Richards, RHP
2013 stats
67.2 Innings Pitched 122.2
2-4 Wins-Losses 8-8
4.66 Earned Run Average 4.18
19 Walks 29
48 Strikeouts 92
101 Pitches Per Start 100
Career vs. opponent
10.1 Innings Pitched 27.0
0-1 Wins-Losses 3-2
6.10 Earned Run Average 5.33

Tommy Milone, LHP
Weather
weather image  Morning clouds. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
69°F57°F14mph/SW67%2%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Los Angeles1st AL West9864.605-3-7 L 3
Oakland2nd AL West8874.543105-5 W 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Tommy Milone
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Pujols147000.500
Aybar115002.455
Callaspo73010.429
Hamilton146104.429
Kendrick146102.429
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Garrett Richards
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Norris32021.667
Moss63001.500
Cespedes52001.400
Donaldson62001.333
Smith41002.250
 

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Injuries
Los Angeles
PlayerInjury
R. BrasierForearm
S. BurnettElbow
B. MoranElbow
G. RichardsKnee
T. SkaggsElbow
Oakland
PlayerInjury
K. BlanksAchilles
C. GentryHead
A. GriffinElbow
J. JasoConcussion
E. O'FlahertyArm
J. ParkerElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 6OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Apr 7OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Apr 8OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Apr 9OAK 3:35 PM EDT  
May 1TEX   
May 2TEX   
May 3TEX   
Jun 9OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Jun 10OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Jun 11OAK 3:35 PM EDT  
Jun 23TEX   
Jun 24TEX   
Jun 25TEX   
Sep 11TEX   
Sep 12TEX   
Sep 13TEX   
Sep 22OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 23OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 24OAK 3:35 PM EDT